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The Tartars are divided into the classes of nobles (moorzas), of whom there are about two hundred and fifty, priests (mullahs), and peasants. A mullah is at the head of every parish, and nothing is undertaken without his consent. The peasants plough his land, sow and reap his grain, and carry it home; and it is seldom that the proprietor takes tithe of the priest. In summer, the feet and legs of the peasantry are bare ; but in winter they are clothed after the Russian fashion. They are simple in their manners and dress; and their sobriety, chastity, cleanliness, and hospitality, have been highly eulogized, and probably exaggerated.

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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855